Decorated Olympic swimmer Yamanaka dies at 78

Feb 14, 2017

Decorated Olympic swimmer Yamanaka dies at 78

Five-time Olympic medal-winning swimmer and former world-record holder Tsuyoshi Yamanaka died of pneumonia Friday at a Tokyo hospital, his family said. He was 78. Yamanaka won two silver medals in the men’s 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle at the 1956 Melbourne Games as a high ...

/ Dec 19, 2016

Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Maruyama dies

Sata Maruyama, who played on the gold-winning women’s volleyball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, died on Sunday, her family revealed Monday. She was 72. At 20 years of age, Maruyama, known more by her maiden name Isobe, was the youngest starter and an ...

High jumper Balas, a 1964 Tokyo Games gold medalist, dies at 79

Mar 12, 2016

High jumper Balas, a 1964 Tokyo Games gold medalist, dies at 79

Iolanda Balas, a two-time Olympic high jump champion from Romania, died Friday following gastric complications. She was 79. Romania’s track and field federation said Balas died at the Elias Hospital in Bucharest. Balas, the first Romanian woman to win an Olympic gold medal, took ...

'Father of Japanese soccer' Cramer dies at 90

Sep 18, 2015

'Father of Japanese soccer' Cramer dies at 90

As the Japanese soccer world mourns the loss of Dettmar Cramer, dubbed “the father of Japanese soccer” for helping develop the game as a coach in the country in the 1960s, former players and officials offered their condolences on Friday. Cramer passed away on ...

Carr starred at Tokyo Games

| Jun 13, 2015

Carr starred at Tokyo Games

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Henry Carr didn’t have the longevity of Olympic track legends like hurdler Edwin Moses or sprinter/long jumper Carl Lewis. But to those who witnessed and remembered what he accomplished at the Tokyo Olympics in October 1964, his greatness as a runner left an indelible ...

Apr 21, 2015

Former Olympic basketball player Kaiho dies at 73

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Nobuo Kaiho, a guard on Japan’s men’s basketball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, has died at age 73. The Tokyo native passed away at his home in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday, according to published reports. The cause was cancer. Kaiho played college ...